Portland District People: Kellen Shide, Mechanical Engineer, Hydroelectric Design Center

Kellen Shide, Mechanical Engineer, Hydroelectric Design Center (Corps of Engineers photo)

Kellen Shide, Mechanical Engineer, Hydroelectric Design Center (Corps of Engineers photo)


Describe your job?

I provide technical documentation and recommendations nationwide to facilitate the maintenance and rehabilitation of hydroelectric equipment through specifications, drawings and engineering during construction, calculations and communication.

What do you find most rewarding about your job?
At the end of the day, knowing the work I do helps to ensure this country has reliable, clean, domestic electricity.

What do you like most about working for the Portland District?
I most enjoy working with the people of the Portland District.  The large, historic hydroelectric facilities that have been entrusted to HDC and me are incredible assets to our Nation – but the greatest part of my job is working with those who share my passion to protect those assets every day they come to work.

Kellen Shide, Mechanical Engineer, Hydroelectric Design Center (Corps of Engineers photo)What are your career aspirations and how are you preparing to accomplish them?
I want to continue to develop my technical expertise in hydropower and other aspects of what HDC does every day. I also want to continue to my develop leadership skills so that I can, one day, lead others to accomplish our mission.

What is the one thing you need in order to do your job better?
One of the most important things I need to do my job better is trust. When those around me trust me to do the work correctly and allow me to do my job, I produce better products.

First job?
I was born and raised on a small family farm in Western Colorado and remember working on the farm with my father from an early age.

A meal that influenced your life?
Thanksgiving dinners. They have always included family, friends and extended family. This taught me that what makes someone “family” is not genetics, but rather the character and faithfulness of the person.

Favorite travel destination?
My favorite travel destination is the Oregon coast. The beautiful landscapes along the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking.

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